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22 April 2014 reading time ~4min

Stop it, OpenSource! Google ain't gonna care about you ever.

Google screwed OpenSource once again, we should stop bouncing back

Stop it, OpenSource! Google ain't gonna care about you ever.

Dear OpenSource,

we have to talk. We have to talk about your relationship with Google. Google screws you over and over, still you keep coming back to it. Don’t you understand Google only wants you for your developers, market share and code? Google really doesn’t care about you. It couldn’t care less. It just takes and takes and then, whenever it reaches enough power, it drops you like a hot potato. Every. Time. It does that. But just one “Summer of code” and you are back in bed with it. And continue to believe that it cares about it. But it doesn’t. It really doesn’t.

When and how, you ask? Fair enough. Let’s take a look about the most recent ways G decided to screw you over.

14 April 2014 reading time ~1min

The hype is over. Long live the hype.

The hype is over. Long live the hype.

I recently published my projections for this year as being rather boring than interesting for the Berlin startup scene. Looking at these numbers it is pretty obvious, the startup hype in Berlin was just exactly that: a hype. But does that mean the hype is over? Yes! And no! On one side because investors, as well as mass media will continue with reciting the tale of Soundcloud and Wunderkinder. Even though, tech-wise, the scene will consolidate even further, Berlin has by far the best chances to become the startup center Europe has been craving for for so long.

27 March 2014 reading time ~3min

The epidemic of the brilliant asshole

We are glorifying the wrong heros for the future that is to come

The epidemic of the brilliant asshole

As any other techie, I was highly excited when supposedly geeky and nerdy characters became popular hero figures in TV series and movies. Until then the predominantly image was of the Steve-Urkel-kind: smart but clumsy, a little helpless in social situations – something to laugh about. With new series like The Big Bang Theory, Sherlock and the American pendant Elementary but also, to some degree, House M.D. featuring brilliant (almost always male) main characters this has changed. I always felt a certain discomfort with them, though, I just couldn’t really put my finger on it until a conversation about workplace communication I had with a friend recently.

12 March 2014 reading time ~2min

Berlin's future? Same old same old.

Berlin's future? Same old same old.

Looking back over the last two years of Berlin’s finest startups, leaves you wonder, what the years 2014 and 2015 will hold for the scene. The last two years have not been good. Though a few events shared more light from Europe and all over the World to the city with the hype of Berlin being the next Silicon Valley still going strong, but the reality looks very different. Reality suggests that there will be more companies doing more boring things instead of honest technology driven entrepreneurship. And no end in sight.

24 February 2014 reading time ~4min

WhatsApp exodus: An irrational consequence of the NSA Scandal

WhatsApp exodus: An irrational consequence of the NSA Scandal

With the story breaking that WhatsApp will be bought by Facebook a few days ago, a global search for a secure and trustworthy messaging app begone. We’ve seen these attempted exodus before from startups, just think of Instagram or Dropbox ever time they change their terms of service. And as every time, there is the counter reaction of telling people, that WhatsApp hasn’t been secure in the first place. And therefore it was totally irrational to quit it now because Facebook acquired it. It hasn’t gotten any more evil than it used to be already. And though people say it is, I suspect it not being the actual reason. But that this is a a long over due (first, big) reaction to the NSA scandals. And we’ll see more of those.

30 December 2013 reading time ~2min

How do you learn to code?

learning to code is a hard and lonely activity – but it doesn't have to be that way

How do you learn to code?

The recent marketing efforts of campaigns and code.org have been fruitful without question: people took part in the the hour of code, codeweek.eu and coding days. Though you can question the authority of some of the fore-speakers on that subject, more awareness arose. But is that really the problem - people not being interested in that subject? Is the missing interest really the reason why so few continue to learn to code? For the sake of argument, let’s assume a kid took a peak into it at one-hour-of-code and now wants to learn it, for real. How? What offers can she take?

12 December 2013 reading time ~2min

Production is Research

In the classic style of companies, you had one department doing research, one department doing development, one doing marketing and another selling your product. A way of separating entities which failed for software development and conceptually was broken with the introduction of agile software development cycles and now spreads through agile management and development techniques to all areas. Which raises the question: can agile be a more interesting alternative to the given research model? And if so, is our society equipped for this?

25 November 2013 reading time ~2min

Does the real world Impact of Technology decrease over time?

Does the real world Impact of Technology decrease over time?

A hundred years ago, the changes in technology for cars where by magnitude per decade. The doubled speed and power, reach and affordability. For the first forty or so years this is, it is amazing how this technology developed. But also the impact these developments had on their environment: double the speed meant crossing the country in days instead of weeks, suddenly you could supply the other part of the country with fresh products, which would get bad on long journeys. But if you think back the last, say three decades, what really has changed in automobile technology? Well, actually, a lot: cars got more efficient, a car from 1980 wouldn’t stand a chance compared to a car from today. But how much impact did this development have? Almost none actually.

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